Now updated - this is your guide to becoming a successful backyard beekeeper.
Interested in raising honey bees? This friendly, practical guide presents a step-by-step approach to starting your own beehive, along with expert tips for maintaining a healthy colony. You get the latest on honey bee medication and treatments, harvesting and marketing your honey, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honey bee has on our environment and economy.
To bee or not to bee - understand the benefits of beekeeping and whether it's right for you. Build your first hive - gather the right equipment, obtain your bees, and transfer them safely to their new home. Get up-close and personal - see how to open and close the hive, inspect your bees at the right times, and know what to look for. Handle common problems - from swarming to robbing to pesticide poisoning, find simple solutions. Understand Colony Collapse Syndrome - learn what you can do to help save the honey bees. Gear up for the golden harvest - use the tools of the trade to extract honey, store it, and sell it.
Open the book and find: the various types of honey bees and the role each plays in a colony; hands-on instruction in building a hive; how to keep bees healthier and more productive; guidelines for all phases of honey production; new information on raising your own queens; plenty of helpful, illustrative pictures to guide you; the safest ways to inspect and enjoy your bees; and, a Beekeeper's Calendar organized by climate zones.
'The information a beginner needs to keep bees with confidence' - Kim Flottum, Bee Culture Magazine
'A reader-friendly guide to beekeeping for novices or beginners' - Dewey M. Caron, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware.
About the Author
Howland Blackiston has more than 20 years' experience keeping bees. He has written many articles on beekeeping and appeared on dozens of television and radio programs, including CNBC, CNN, NPR, and Sirius Satellite Radio. Blackiston has been a keynote speaker at conferences in more than 40 countries.
Part I: Falling in Love with a Bug 7
Chapter 1: To Bee or Not to Bee? 9
Chapter 2: Life Inside the Honey Bee Hive 21
Part II: Starting Your Adventure 45
Chapter 3: Alleviating Apprehensions and Making Decisions 47
Chapter 4: Basic Equipment for Beekeepers 59
Chapter 5: Obtaining and Installing Your Bees 91
Part III: Time for a Peek 109
Chapter 6: Opening Your Hive 111
Chapter 7: What to Expect when You're Inspecting 125
Chapter 8: Different Seasons, Different Activities 145
Part IV: Common Problems and Simple Solutions 163
Chapter 9: Anticipating and Preventing Potential Problems 165
Chapter 10: Colony Collapse Disorder 189
Chapter 11: Diseases and Remedies 197
Chapter 12: Honey Bee Pests 207
Chapter 13: Raising Your Own Queens 229
Part V: Sweet Rewards 247
Chapter 14: Getting Ready for the Golden Harvest 249
Chapter 15: Honey Harvest Day 263
Part VI: The Part of Tens 277
Chapter 16: (Almost) Ten Fun Things to Do with Bees 279
Chapter 17: Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Bee Behavior 305
Chapter 18: My Ten Favorite Honey Recipes 309
Appendix A: Helpful Resources 317
Appendix B: Beekeeper's Checklist 331
Series: For Dummies
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th February 2009
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 18.8 x 2.13
Weight (kg): 0.506